Affordable Galapagos 8 Days Tour

Affordable Galápagos Island Hopping Tour is also enchanted for everybody, get to know more about this paradise that Darwin and many more people in world dreamed about it.

Discover the beauty of the Archipelago on a comfortable Galápagos Island Hopping Tour around the most scenery islands packed for you in this program.

Tour Information

Price per person

USD 1,990

Tour length

8 DAYS

Physical rating

Year round

Season

Year round

Group size

1 – 15 pax

Travel style

Start

Guayaquil

Finish

Guayaquil

Tour code

GG-P005

Tour highlights

Start and end in Guayaquil or Quito! With the adventure tour Affordable Galapagos 8 Days, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Guayaquil, Ecuador and 4 other destinations in Ecuador. Affordable 8 Days Tour is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, and private transportation.
Day 1
ARRIVAL TO ECUADOR
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This is the arrival day for all of our tour participants and depending of your flight arrival times you can have a day exploring the Economical Ecuador Capital and its wonderful downtown, the Iguanas Park, Malecon 2000 and Las Peñas Hill, or simply rest at the Hotel before our Tour Guide meet you at the Lobby at 6:30 pm for our Orientation meeting and briefing before the starting of the tour.

During this meeting you can clarify everything as you might be concerned or curious to know about the tour overall.

We can still assist you arranging a full day in Guayaquil or surroundings if you let us know in advance.

THIS PROGRAM WE ALSO OPERATE FROM QUITO IF NEED IT.

Hotel Accomodation (Grand Hotel or Ibis ***)

Day 2
FLIGHT TO GALAPAGOS (SAN CRISTOBAL AIRPORT)

Today is your departing day to the Galapagos Islands, you will fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island), it will take 1 hour and half approx. Then, one of our representatives will meet you at the Airport to take you to the hotel for check in. (Flight not included in cost)

After you will have chance to have something to eat in town near by the hotel on your own.

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KAYAK TOUR TO DARWIN BAY 

In the afternoon the tour Guide will meet you at the lobby to take you back to the pier , get equipped with the kayak and snorkel gear. Then you will start a fantastic guided tour towards to Tijeretas hill and Darwin Bay surrounded by frigate birds, blue footed boobies and sea lions. This activity is safe and good for all ages unless you have any mobility issues. Upon arrival to Darwin Bay, you will snorkel to see colorful fish and the famous green pacific turtles.

Finally kayak back to the pier (this activity normally takes 3 hours and half)

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IN CASE YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO DO THIS KAYAK TOUR, WE ALSO OFFER ANOTHER ACTIVITY AS FOLLOWS:

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HIKE TO TIJERETAS HILL & DARWIN BAY

In the afternoon the tour Guide will meet you at the lobby to take you to visit the most beautiful hill nearby town well known as Tijeretas Hill (nickname given by the frigate birds shape as scissors).

You will hike up to the hill, then you will stop by the self-guided Interpretation Center to know more about the Capital of the Galapagos.

Then, you will do snorkel at Darwin’s Bay, and finally return back to the hotel for overnight.

IF YOU PREFER THIS OPTION, PLEASE NOTIFY US IN ADVANCE

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PDT: THIS OTHER OPTION CAN´T BE COMBINED WITH THE GROUP, IT MEANS THAT IF YOU DECIDE TO CHANGE THE TOUR, IT WILL APPLY FOR THE ENTIRE GROUP 

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Hotel Accomodation (Arena Blanca Hotel ***)

Day 3
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
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Today includes some of the best snorkeling in Galapagos, a day trip to Kicker Rock! 

After breakfast, a comfortable speed boat navigates along the coast of San Cristobal, boasting views of the birds and landscape from a different angle. At the rock formation, we’ll snorkel through the channel in search of a variety of sharks, fish, turtles, rays, sea lions, and more! Enjoy a box lunch on the boat afterward, and some quiet beach time to relax before returning to town.

Hotel Accomodation (Zayapa Hotel ***)

Day 4
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
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Today you will take a speed boat towards Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island (it will take 2 hours approx.) Then, you will get to the hotel for check in.

You will have some time to enjoy the town and have a quick lunch before the next activity. Later in the afternoon you will go to visit a Tortoise Ranch in the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will see a very big land wild tortoises in natural state.

Finally, you will return back to town for overnight.

Tonight Advise: Don't miss eating at the QUIOSKOS street a very fresh lobster and many different tipe of sea food caught in the morning.

Also go at night to the Pier, where you can see babbie sharks, rays and many other animals very close.

Hotel Accomodation (Deja Vú Hotel *** )

Day 5
ISABELA ISLAND
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On this day you will take a speed boat towards to Isabela Island, upon your arrival check in to the hotel some resting time (if not you can rent a bike for usd 10 to visit the Galapagos Breeding Center or the Wetlands).

Then, we will take you to another fantastic tour well known as TINTORERAS ISLET. 

At this tour, you will visit a next door islet full of babbie marine iguanas, sea gulls, sea lions, blue footted bobbies, frigatte birds and some Galapagos Penguins. Also depending of the sea tide you will be able to see the TINTORERAS or the White Tip Reef Shark, who rest during day time at the Islet canals.

Then, you will go for a magic snorkel at La Calera area, where you will swim together with marine iguanas, sea turttles, sea lions and a great number of colorful fish.

Finally, you will return back to hotel.

Hotel Accomodation (Cally Hotel ***)

Day 6
ISABELA ISLAND
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SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO TOUR  (ACTIVE HIKE)

Today is an early bus ride for 30 minutes towards to the entrance of Volcan Sierra Negra, then hike up to the Volcano Caldera (1 hour and half each way, it could also be more depending of your health, condition). Along the way you can observe some plants and bird’s endemic from the Galapagos Islands then if the weather allows, you will have great Volcano Views. This volcano erupted on July 2018, so you will see the reminds of the last eruption very close.

Finally, you will hike back to the park control with the group, to take another 30 minutes bus back to town for packing and in the afternoon speed boat to Santa Cruz Island.

This Tour Activity is ACTIVE , so if you are not able to hike for 4 hours , we suggest you this other options as follows:

 

WETLANDS TOUR AND TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER (EASY HIKE)

 

After breakfast our guide will take you visit the Giant Tortoise Station, then enjoy a flat hike towards to the wetlands to see the Galapagos pink flamingos and a lot of marine Iguanas. This hike is more a comfortable sightseeing than demanding hike , so we strongly recommend you to choose this other option if you prefer more sightseeing than long hikes.

IF YOU PREFER THIS OPTION, PLEASE NOTIFY US IN ADVANCE 

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PDT: THIS OTHER OPTION CAN´T BE COMBINED WITH THE GROUP, IT MEANS THAT IF YOU DECIDE TO CHANGE THE TOUR, IT WILL APPLY FOR THE ENTIRE GROUP 

Hotel Accomodation (Deja Vú Hotel ***)

Day 7
BARTOLOME ISLAND
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This tour will start early from town, then a bus ride towards Itabaca Canal where you will board the yatch for this excursion.

The little island Bartolome is very small and 114m high situated close to Santiago Island. When the volcano that formed Bartolomé erupted, there was not any water present resulting in large amounts of basalt on this island (when water is present in an eruption tuff is created). The basalt hardened together with air creating very light rocks.

Bartolome’s surface is covered with volcanic ash, which is suposed to be blown over from Santa Cruz Island. The island consists of an extinct volcano and volcanic formations in a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black.

Pinnacle Rock is the eroded remains of a tuff cone. This large partially eroded lava formation was created when magma expelled from the volcano reached the sea. When the seawaters cooled, the hot lava caused an explosion. The exploded particles eventually fasten together forming a rock composed of thin layers.

Bartolome’s Pinnacle Rock has become one of the most photographed sights in the islands. On the northern one (wet landing) you are allowed to swim and snorkel. Don’t miss that!

This program includes sightseeing, hike, snorkel, snorkel equiptment, lunch on board and much more.

Finally, you will be taken back to Puerto Ayora for your last night at the Galapagos.

Hotel Accomodation (Deja Vú Hotel ***)

Day 8
FLIGHT BACK TO GUAYAQUIL OR QUITO

Free  morning, 10:00 am check out and transportation to Baltra’s Airport to take a flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Unfortunately, we have to say good bye after we arrive in Guayaquil or Quito, and we invite you to see one of our other  tours in Ecuador Mainland.

However, if you desire to add one more night in Guayaquil City or extend your staying in Ecuador, we can always help you out with free advise to make sure you optimize the time and continue exploring this paradise called Ecuador.

TRANSFER OUT IS NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE

The program includes

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights hotel accommodations (tourist CATEGORY rooms) DBL / TWIN. Ask for single supplement if your are a solo traveler.
  • Welcome to Ecuador Orientation meeting.
  • Breakfast every day of the tour, Lunch & Dinner specified in program.
  • Transfers and transportation provided by GUIDECUADOR.
  • Private Spanish/English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees according to itinerary mentioned as INCLUDED.
  • All Sightseeings according itinerary.
  • Travel Assistance.
  • All hikes mentioned in program.

Not included in Program

  • International airfare to Guayaquil or Quito.
  • Round-Trip ticket to Galapagos.
  • Galapagos Park fee (USD 100).
  • Galapagos Control Card ( Galapagos ID ) (20 USD)
  • Isabela Dock Fee (10 USD)
  • Meals not specified in itinerary.
  • Gratuities.
  • Any personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls.
  • Any activity not specified in program.
  • Any hotel nights before or after our Tour Program, if you would like to add one, please let us know in advance.

GUARANTEED DEPARTS EVERY DAY !

24/7 Booking Phone Number: +1-888-469-2230

Tour Overview

AGE RANGE : 10 to 80 year olds

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel

MIN GROUP SIZE : 2  (IF YOU ARE SOLO TRAVELER, PLEASE ASK FOR SINGLE RATE)

MAX GROUP SIZE : 15

TRANSPORTATION : Coach / Bus, Plane

PHYSICAL RATING: Standard

TRAVEL STYLE: Adventure, Multisport

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